Pushkar is a quiet Rajasthani town, 11 km from Ajmer and 2 hours from Jaipur. It is a pilgrimage spot its sacred lake, the Brahma Temple and the annual Pushkar Camel Fair each November. I came to witness its camel festival and thus, it was a spot on my bucketlist. Aside from the craziness of the camel fair, Pushkar is a relatively sedate, laidback and tourist friendly town, where getting around is easy because most things are in walking distance.Pushkar is a quiet Rajasthani town, 11 km from Ajmer and 2 hours from Jaipur. It is a pilgrimage spot its sacred lake, the Brahma Temple and the annual Pushkar Camel Fair each November. I came to witness its camel festival and thus, it was a spot on my bucketlist. Aside from the craziness of the camel fair, Pushkar is a relatively sedate, laidback and tourist friendly town, where getting around is easy because most things are in walking distance.
Things to Do and Eat in Pushkar:
Pushkar Lake is the holy pilgrimage spot of Pushkar and hold 52 ghats. Devotees pay homage to the lake and take a dip in it to purify themselves; some devotees even bathe a bit (warning: you may witness topless nudity).
Gurudwara Singh Sabha
The Gurudwara is a Sikh temple and a striking white fortress to steal your curiosity. All Sikh temples require both, man and woman to wear a head scarf and to cleanse your hands and feet before entering.
Open at 1pm and 3pm, the Brahma Temple is the best-known Pushkar temple. You cannot take bags or electronics inside and must rent a locker to store your belongings.
Camel Fair ( Camel and Horse Camp Grounds)
The Pushkar Camel Fair (or camel mela) is held each Oct-November. attracts over 400,000 tourists and over 11,000 camels and horses. Traders bring their best to either show or sell to interested buyers. Camels are adorned with accessories and some perform tricks. Rare horses and winning breed from royal families and prestigious horse camps can be found as well.
The mela grounds of the fair holds events, festivities and contests throughout the day, from dancing horses and camels, camel races, contests for the most decorative camel and more. Some of the contests can get pretty outlandish, making you see livestock in a new light.
Shopping in Pushkar
Shopping in Pushkar is easy. The main street is like one long shopping strip springing into offshoot streets with cafes and shops selling indo-western Rajasthani inspired clothing.
Things to Buy in Pushkar: Rajasthani silk clothes are both cooling, lightweight and fashion friendly. Of all my souvenirs from India, my silk pants are my favorite; every time I wear them, I get compliments on them. Leather goods and jewelry are other items travelers like to take home.
Rooftop views at Sunset
As the sun sets, find a rooftop cafe to unwind with a relaxing view of the town, Pushkar Lake and Savitri mountain. During festival time, you might even see hot air balloons dotting the sky.
Savitri Mandir (best lookout)
While Savitri Mandir itself, isn’t much more than a simple temple, hiking to it will gain you the best lookout spot in all of Pushkar. You can get a great 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys and overlook the awesomeness of the camel grounds.
The climb to the top should take you anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Plan to go late afternoon so you can be there to snap some mean selfies against the sunset.
Getting to Pushkar
I took the Ajmer Shatabdi (CC class for 970 rupees) from Delhi to Ajmer Station. The ride took 7 hours.
Ajmer Station is the station stop for Pushkar. Ajmer is a town located 11km away (a 20minute taxi ride) from Pushkar. Once there, take the bus or hail a taxi to Pushkar. Outside the train station, there is a bus that goes to Pushkar every 15 minutes. You’ll have to ask a local (avoid asking taxis or handlers outside) as they’ll just direct you to a taxi. Still, a taxi is not a bad way to get there either.
The nearest airport is in Jaipur. Jaipur is just two hours away and you can essentially do day tours to Pushkar .